Working Together for Peace and Prosperity in Every Zip Code and Neighborhood
PURPOSE: to work together to end gun and gang violence; develop peaceful and prosperous neighborhoods
VISION: to make Omaha a great, safe city, in every zip code!
Omaha 360 GOALS:
Reduce homicides city-wide and in targeted areas
Reduce gun violence (gun assaults)
Reduce youth violence and gang violence
Provide positive alternatives and activities
Omaha 360 STRATEGIES:
5. Recovery and Reentry
6. Support Services
7. Sustainable Funding & Support
In December 2008, after working for two years as the Empowerment Network’s Violence and Prevention Team, the effort evolved into Omaha 360. The collaborative effort brought together residents and stakeholders to bring consistent focus and attention to reducing gun and gang violence in North Omaha and city-wide. The group realized that in order to be successful, residents, leaders and others from all parts of the city would need to get engaged in the work. The collaborative efforts have had a positive impact, especially during summer months. We have a long way to go, but there’s reason for HOPE.
Omaha Police Department reports show a 62% decrease in the Northeast Precinct from 2007 to 2014 during the May to July time period. Work is now underway to address spikes that now tend to occur during August/September and November/December. The promise is that we can learn from what we’ve implemented during the summer and expand those efforts to year round initiatives. Collaboration. Jobs. Training. Education. Positive Activities. Direct Intervention. Neighborhood Engagement. Targeted Law Enforcement Efforts. Community Rallies & Demonstrations.
We have lost too many of our friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and community members to gun violence. This is unacceptable and we’re calling on the community to help us make an even greater impact on reducing gun violence and bringing peace to every zip code in our city. Please join in our efforts to help save lives and transform our community. Let’s come together to Keep Omaha Safe! Residents deserve a safe and peaceful place to live. Help keep our neighborhoods and community safe!
While Omaha is making positive strides in reducing gun violence especially during summer months, one life lost to gun violence is one too many. The results over the past seven years show that when neighbors and communities work with the police and get involved with the partnership, we see measurable and dramatic results. There is a role for everyone.
The Omaha 360 Violence Prevention Collaborative meets every Wednesday from 2 pm to 3 pm at the Omaha Home for Boys – 52nd and Ames – Wurdeman Conference Center.